Mississippi Governor’s Mansion

The Governor’s Mansion has been the residence of Mississippi governors and their families since 1842. In 1975, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. At that time, it was one of only two state gubernatorial residences to receive this honor.

Visit

  • Discover treasures from our state’s collection as you tour the historic section of the mansion. 
  • Explore stories from governors past and learn about the current governor.  
  • The Governor’s Mansion is accessible to visitors with disabilities; please contact the Mansion curator in advance at 601-359-6421 to discuss any needs.

Groups

Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more. Call the Mansion curator at 601-359-6421 to make a reservation. 

About

In January 1833, the Mississippi legislature appropriated funds to build a capitol building and a “suitable house for the Governor.” Delayed by a serious depression caused by the Panic of 1837, construction of the Governor’s Mansion was not begun until 1839, the same year that the Capitol building was completed. In January 1842, Governor Tilghman Tucker and his family moved into the Mansion, which had been constructed for a cost of approximately $50,000. 

Both the Capitol building (Old Capitol) and the Governor’s Mansion were designed by architect William Nichols (1780-1853), a native of Bath, England. William Nichols designed the Mansion in the period’s most popular architectural style: Greek Revival. Architectural historians consider the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion to be one of the finest surviving examples of the Greek Revival style in the United States. 

Facility Use 

The historic section and grounds of the Governor’s Mansion have been designated as an area for limited public use by educational, historical, or other non-profit organizations. The Mansion and grounds are not available to private individuals acting on their own. All inquiries regarding facility use of the historic section and/or grounds of the Governor’s Mansion should be directed to the Mansion administrator at 601-359-3175. 

The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has statutory authority and the responsibility to establish guidelines for public access and organizational use of the Mansion in order to protect and preserve the historic structure and the historic furnishings. 

The Mansion and grounds may be scheduled for no more than one tea or reception per week, Tuesday through Friday, dependent on availability. No organization will be allowed to use the Governor’s Mansion for entertaining more than once a year. 

On occasion, it will be necessary to rearrange scheduling due to emergency use of the Mansion by the governor for official state functions or other important uses. The understanding and flexibility of the affected organization is requested in those infrequent instances of cancellation or postponement of a scheduled function. 

Requests for use of the Mansion should be made in writing to the Mansion administrator, 300 East Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201, at least six weeks prior to the scheduled date of a function. The request should provide as much information as possible on proposed plans and arrangements for an event, including the general purpose of the event and the anticipated number of guests. All arrangements must be approved in advance by the Mansion administrator. 

If the requested use is approved, the authorized representative of the organization will be expected to sign a Facility Use Contract and to pay a Mansion Use Fee based on the number of persons expected to attend the event (0 to 25 persons – $100; 26 to 99 persons – $200; 100 to 200 persons – $400). 

Docent Program 

Tours of the Governor’s Mansion are conducted by trained volunteer docents who interpret the Mansion to visitors. Docents are required to complete a comprehensive training program through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and be willing to give tours two mornings a month. Individuals interested in becoming docents may contact the Mansion curator for more information. 

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